26.2 Down and 52.5 to Go!

Race Day 1 Follow-Up:

Sunday turned out to be a great day to run the Columbus Marathon!  I was able to run with teammate Kevin Drouillard.  This was Kevin’s first full marathon and he’s only been running for about a year!  My hamstring acted up on a couple of occasions but I was able to stretch it out and get going again.  Kevin had some really painful muscle cramps at mile 17 and had to walk it out but he never quit!  We crossed the finish line in under 6 hours…feeling like walking wounded!…a long and difficult race…and worth every step!

Now, I’m looking towards taking on the Double Marathon next!  So…

Mark your calendar for November 14th.  I decided to make some changes and instead of going somewhere else to run an ultra-marathon and incurring travel expenses, I’ll be running 52.5 miles right here at home for LLS! 

I’ll be at Oak Openings park and running a 5.25 mile loop a total of 10 times non-stop.  We’re going to call it the Double O/Double Marathon.  If you want to come out and run or walk a lap or two with me to support the cause, I would love the company!  I’ll be running from 7:15 a.m. until sunset, rain or shine (hope for shine!)  This is an informal race, purely for my own personal challenge, no race registration, no t-shirt, no medal, no fanfare, just running to save lives because that’s what it’s all about!

We’re a little behind on fundraising but still doing well!  To date, with checks in hand, we are at about $4,740 which is 84% of our goal!!  Woohoo!!  A huge thank you to everyone that has donated so far.  I do appreciate it.  

We have a few weeks where we can still collect donations.  So if you haven’t already, please consider doing just that to support the cause and find a cure.  You can donate safely and securely online at: http://pages.teamintraining.org/noh/columbus10/ernestalewis

If you prefer to donate off-line, please make your check payable to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and mail it to me at:  3936 Elmhurst Road, Toledo, OH 43613.

Thanks for your support and for helping fight the good fight!

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